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Her Majesty, 96, has taken steps in recent months to prepare the country for the next reign, said author Ian Lloyd. The expert believes the Queen is unlikely to ever abdicate despite her mobility issues due to her commitment to the Crown and her duty.
But she is willing to hand over more and more duties to her firstborn and heir, not only out of necessity, but also to prepare him and the country for his succession.
The author of ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’ told Express.co.uk: “One of the things she does, it seems at the moment, is to lay the foundations of the future, of the next reign.
“The Queen is hugely popular, but when she leaves you don’t want everything to fall apart, you don’t want a vacuum where people don’t know what’s going to happen and then Charles comes in as than an old man.”
The royal commentator suggested the monarch’s job is particularly important because it is not “the public relations dream” to have a man who will be 74 this year on the throne.
Prince Charles is the Queen’s eldest son and heir
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He said: “It’s not a PR dream to have someone approaching their 80s who has lost the momentum of youth and, although he looks very healthy now, maybe himself at the age when you start having problems.”
Mr Lloyd added that there was a desire to see the Queen break her next record, after she became the first English sovereign to remain on the throne for seven decades.
Speaking ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the expert said: “I think everyone wants the Queen to break records, the next record is 2024 when she will beat King Louis XIV of France as longest-reigning monarch on record.
“It’s a pretty fabulous thing, really.
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“Although she herself doesn’t really care about records, she wasn’t very keen on doing anything when she beat Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.”
The Queen overtook her great-grandmother in 2015, when Queen Victoria remained on the throne for 63 years and 216 days.
Queen Elizabeth, who this year marks the first-ever Platinum Jubilee in the history of the British crown, will overtake Louis XIV of France in two years, as the Sun King remained on the throne for 72 years and 110 days.
After being crowned the world’s longest-reigning monarch, the Queen could look forward to two more milestones: her 100th birthday and her 75th year on the throne.
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The Queen and Prince Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Prince Charles has replaced the Queen on several occasions in recent months
The Queen began delegating tasks to her closest relatives and making decisions that would affect her heir’s reign a few years ago.
In 2015, she traveled abroad for the last time, when she visited Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Other Cabinet members have since represented her abroad with trips and tours.
In 2017, Prince Charles laid a wreath of red poppies on his mother’s behalf for the first time during the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, while the Queen watched from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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In 2018, it was announced that the Prince of Wales would succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth.
In recent months, the transition from mother to son duties has become more visible due to the Queen’s episode mobility issues, which prevented her from attending a number of key engagements.
Last November, Prince Charles led a small congregation of royals at the COP26 summit after the monarch had to pull out of his evening reception.
In March, he portrayed her at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen walked on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her three heirs last Sunday
And in May he read the Queen’s Speech for the first time at the official opening of Parliament.
On the eve of the start of this Platinum Jubilee year, the Sovereign also ended speculation over what title the Duchess of Cornwall would assume after the accession of King Charles, expressing her wish for Camilla to be known as the Queen. consort.
On the final day of the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen stepped onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace surrounded only by her three heirs – Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George – as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to show the world the future of the Firm.
“The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II” by Ian Lloyd is available now.